Since 2006, WAGET and its predecessors have worked to motivate American and Chinese students through campfire diplomacy; organize cultural and environmental exchanges in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin; host sister-state youth experiences and performances; connect teachers, coaches and students for athletic competition; introduce new ideas and innovations to agriculture and industry; challenge governments, organizations and citizens to pursue new leadership goals, including representatives from all over the US, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, and Germany.
On Wednesday, August 29, 2018 there was a Fall 2018 Welcome Dinner for the students attending Living Word. Blue Ribbon Management and WAGET attended along with the students. They discussed upcoming events for this semester.
WAGET sponsored a Bridge and Build proof of concept boot camp at the UW-Milwaukee School of Public Health, Concordia University and Lakeshore Chinooks for 27 high school youth from Milwaukee, Madison, Neenah and Beloit. The test was if sports could be a “hook” in bridging relationships and building life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership. Landmark Properties donated lodging at Eleven 25 @ Pabst and Liberty Consulting and Management donated financial services. UW-Madison evaluated. Asset Builders of America was a partner. For more see: www.bridgeandbuild.com
WAGET partnered with WisPolitics.com and the Wisconsin Technology Council on a program to apply South Carolina’s lessons with BMW to Wisconsin’s anticipated development because of Foxconn. Prof. Joey Von Nessen from the University of South Carolina spoke at Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant to an audience of about 100 state, local, business and university officials. WAGET used its past relationships with South Carolina, BMW and the German state of Bavaria to develop the program which looked back on the 25-year history of the German firm’s siting a manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Prof. Von Nessen was a co-author of the analysis of BMW’s impact on that state. The event was another in the “Navigating the New Economy” series that WAGET launched with WisPolitics in 2017.